And now Clay Walker is singing some horrible ballad that includes the line, "Can you believe this weather?" and maybe even sadder than the contestants on this show are the extras in the audience who seem to have been asked to stand around Ben and Jennifer and beam at them.
Cocktail party time. Jennifer and Courtney bond over the fact they already have roses. Rachel's got one too. "I'm not sure you could pick three girls who are more different," says Emily, adding that it makes her wonder what Ben's looking for. Hey, maybe this is all foolishness, Emily! Nah, that can't be it.
She -- despite Monica's advice -- seems to want to tell Ben how awful Courtney is. She says Courtney is like a statue: beautiful, but cold and hard on the inside. She's painting this as her just looking out for Ben, to prevent him from getting his heart broken again.
So she goes for it: during alone time with Ben, she vaguely says that there's one woman here who's very different with them than she is with him. Ben says he doesn't know that would be, and he doesn't expect her to throw anyone under the bus. He says he watches women on the dates on how they interact. "That's the thing: on this group date, we were all thinking that this person wouldn't particularly interact very well, and then she got the rose on the date," she says. Well, so much for not throwing her under the bus! Ben's face gets a little hard, and he tells us her that she'll go crazy reading too much into this. He's seen it happen to other people. "And it's going to probably end up in your own demise, to be completely honest with you," he says, advising her to let this other person consume her and to focus on she and him. Emily manages to keep smiling, even through the "your own demise" part. Emily tells us that she's worried that she expressed things in the wrong way and it could backfire on her. She says sometimes when you criticize a person's judgment; it can be taken as a personal insult. Funny, that!
So Emily goes and whines to Casey and -- who is this, Jamie? -- about how she may have sabotaged herself, and Casey is very surprised to find out that Emily thinks Courtney is fake, and Emily is surprised to find out Casey doesn't think so. "Why does she suck around us and she's awesome around Ben?" asks Emily, and Casey brightly says, "She's awesome around me!" Aw, Casey seems nice. Kinda simple, but nice. And you have to give her credit for sticking up for an unpopular friend. Casey says Courtney is sweet to people who are sweet to her. Given that we rarely see Casey on this show, I think it's probably safer to say that Courtney doesn't consider her a threat yet. Emily obliviously blathers on and on about what a wench Courtney is, to the point that Casey has to finally say they obviously don't see eye to eye so they should probably just stop talking about it.